A high level of cholesterol (LDL) contributes to the building of plaque in the arteries, resulting in the impeding of blood flow to the brain, kidneys, genitals, extremities and heart. Deposits in the arteries cause heart disease, gallstones, high blood pressure and mental impairment. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver and transported to the rest of the body through the bloodstream. On the other hand, high density lipoproteins (HDL), considered to be good cholesterol, helps remove the bad cholesterol from the cells and back to the liver where it is eliminated and expelled from the body.
There are two types of cholesterol, serum and dietary. The former is the cholesterol in the bloodstream, while the latter is present in food containing high level cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol contributes to serum cholesterol. Studies have confirmed that levels of cholesterol are linked to the food we eat and can be aggravated by our genetic makeup.
A vegetarian diet, combined with regular exercise, as well as the intake of nutrients, such as niacin and vitamin C, can lower the levels of unneeded cholesterol.
A level of 200 t0 239 is considered to be borderline. Levels above 240 is considered to indicate high risk, whereas the normal HDL level (good cholesterol for adults is 45, while levels of 70 to 80 mg/dl can protect against heart disease. An HDL level under 35 is considered to be risky.
Cholesterol-lowering foods, such as almonds, apples, bananas, carrots, cold water fish, dried beans, grapefruit, oats, olive oil, salmon, strawberries and walnuts are highly recommended, including plenty of fiber contained in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Whole grain cereals and brown rice can also lower high levels of cholesterol.
Drink fruit juices, such as those of carrot, celery and beet, Carrot juice can help flush out fat from the bile in the liver, thus lowering high levels of cholesterol appreciably.
Nuts, such as unsalted pecans, walnuts, and almonds are rich in amino acid and can cut cholesterol levels by 16 points within a period of one month.
Abstain from alcohol, cakes, candy, carbonated drinks, pies, processed and refined foods, tobacco and white bread.
Avoid stress and sustained tension.
Managing high levels of bad cholesterol by adhering to all of the above, can help prevent cardiac disease and other health problems.
Exercise on a regular basis and seek the advice of your health provider when needed, at all times.